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Archive of the posts written by author: Ron Letnes.
Jul
13

RESPONSE TO RESPONSE!

Remembering July 4th as our nation’s Independence Day, prompted me to write a GVP piece titled A NEW GUN INDEPENDENCE DAY. A reader was kind enough to thoughtfully respond. I am grateful for his honesty and courage to speak and pose questions. I…

Jul
4

A NEW GUN INDEPENDENCE DAY

The truth is, without guns the United States would not have become a nation. Great Britain was the dominant political and military force in the world. The British Empire was supreme and they were not about to allow this upstart skaggle of ragamuffins…

Jun
14

Summer-Post COVID Gun Safety

Summer is upon us and COVID is easing in negativity. We want to get out and enjoy life. Freely! Safely! Still gun violence remains a reality. As of mid-June, there have been 293 mass shootings, defined as four or more people killed or…

May
25

DON’T CARRY

Carrying a gun for safety is a false premise. If you carry, you plan to use it. The proof? HUFFPOST – 23 May, reports that over the past weekend there were at least 12 mass shootings (4 people killed or injured not including…

Apr
27

TOXIC TRIO: Reality to Revelation

Racism, white supremacy and guns are a toxic trio. Together, violence explodes. American culture is reeling from its toxicity. What is its REALITY? Where is REVELATION? REALITY: Racial animosity and disparity are too prevalent in Minnesota and America. According to Everytown, in the…

Apr
11

125 AND COUNTING!

According to www.gunviolencearchive.org, there have been over 125 mass shootings (four or more people killed or wounded) in the United States since 1 January 2021. In spades, the USA has the dubious distinction of being #1 in the world for mass shootings. Therefore,…

Mar
23

THIS I KNOW

In the darkness of Atlanta and Boulder, THIS I KNOW:1. Glorification of an individual right to own a gun is contrary to the Will of God. All are created in the Image of God to love each other. The Ten Commandments are Ten…

Mar
22

HATE, GUNS AND DEMOCRACY: A Review

Last week, Giffords.org hosted a national conversation via Zoom on “Hate, Guns and Democracy”. It featured four presentations by leaders familiar with gun violence, focusing on the January 6 Capitol riots, and how gun violence is connected with hate and democracy. Addressing gun…

Mar
8

BEYOND DIFFERENCES AND DIVISION: A BOUQUET OF CARING

DIFFERENCES divide and prevent progress on GVP. The truth is that Republicans oppose nearly all efforts to pass GVP bills, and conversely, Democrats are nearly unanimous in supporting GVP laws. Democrats and Republicans are hard-wired to oppose or support. Why? In his book,…

Feb
28

THE RACE DISEASE: HOMICIDE BY GUN

YES, race makes a difference. Homicide by gun is a race disease. MINNESOTA: EVERYTOWN reports in a study of homicides between 2015-2019 (average), gun death rate per 100,000 population, WHITE was 0.8, BLACK 10.2, NATIVE AMERICAN 11.5 and HISPANIC 1.5. The ratio of…

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